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health information in
Aotearoa, New Zealand

The Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand is a charity that works towards creating a society free from discrimination, where all people enjoy positive mental health & wellbeing.

We work to influence individuals, whanau, organisations and communities to improve and sustain their mental health and reach their full potential. 

Right now, you are on our Staying Well positive mental health and wellbeing section; you will find information on mental health conditions, where to get help and how to support those you love and care about in our Get Help section. Although we are not a counselling or advice service, our information officers are happy to point you in the right direction to find help.

Spreading mental health awareness

  • We are a Kiwi charity
  • We work with amazing people
  • We run dynamic programmes
  • We focus on the Five Ways
  • We influence mental health policies
  • We provide free information
  • We break down barriers
  • We talk in plain language
  • We have a suicide prevention focus
  • We tell incredible stories
  • We walk the talk
  • We totally understand positive mental health

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Suicide tally reaches new high - Chief coroner

The number of suicides in New Zealand has increased again in the last June year, to a new high of 579 in the coroners' provisional...

Health professionals endorse 'Five Ways To Wellbeing' for mental health

Comedian and mental health educator Mike King discusses how mental illness is often wrongly blamed on the sufferer by society.

Our mental...

The doctor who parked his ambulance on the top of the cliff |

Dr Tom Mulholland, on a mission to turn around the health and wellbeing of New Zealanders.

The other day, Dr Tom Mulholland was giving a...

‘Today I’m going back on my antidepressants’: A stay-at-home mum on tackling depression

The decision to use medication to treat depression is an individual one – what’s best for one person may not be so for another. Julia Kerr...

Bricklayers build 4000 brick wall in torrential rain for Jamie Allen's Taranaki Retreat

Brick layer Jade Dumbell reckons dealing with the effects of suicide is harder than any masonry wall he's ever worked on.

Dumbell was one...

Methven young farmer speaks out about depression

A Methven Young Farmer has spoken out about his near fatal battle with depression to address the stigma he says still surrounds mental...

High profile deaths prompt new mental health plan for performers

A world first initiative aimed at performers with mental health issues launches in Auckland this week.

Whariki Hauora (weaving the mat of...

Giving back part of Rotorua Mental Health Awareness Week

Rotorua's Mental Health Awareness Week is now in full swing, with an array of activities planned, including giving back to those who give....

NZ ranked first in Asia-Pacific mental health report

A report has ranked New Zealand first out of 15 Asia-Pacific countries for helping people with mental illness integrate successfully into...

NZ finally catching up to world with marathon fundraising

Marathon running for a good cause is on the rise in New Zealand, and it's music to the ears of many local charities and support...

Canterbury wellbeing indicators show continued improvement

Media release from Canterbury DHB

While life for many in Canterbury is improving, the impacts of the quakes are still being felt as the...

10 ways gardening can benefit the mind, body and soul

Article by Your Home and Garden


It’s amazing what getting outside in the fresh air and connecting with the earth can do for your...

Urge your staff to connect with nature for mental health

Spend an hour with nature on World Mental Health Day.

The Mental Health Foundation is asking Kiwis to connect with nature for good mental...

Crackdown on cyber bullies from new law

Online abuse should not be a problem in Kaitaia, but it could be, according to NetSafe CEO Martin Cocker.

Ten per cent of New Zealand...

St John pathway to expands to allow ambulances to refer mental health patients

An initiative that connects ambulance patients with health services before they need urgent care in Nelson has been a success, with plans...
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Cheeky calendar

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